The Pittsburgh Pirates announced that Tribe standout Chase d’Arnaud has been outrighted and will become a minor league free agent. His transaction was one of three players to be outrighted from the big league Club, joining right-handers John Axford and Jeanmar Gomez.
d’Arnaud, 27, spent parts of each of the last four seasons with the Indianapolis Indians, most recently hitting .250 (94-for-376) with 16 doubles, nine triples, two homers, 59 runs scored and 23 RBI in 118 games in 2014. The speedster ranked second in the IL in triples and tied for third with his team-high 30 stolen bases, a total falling just four shy of his career-best 34 steals from the 2012 campaign.
d’Arnaud also made a seamless transition to his primary role in the outfield last season, where he garnered honors as the No. 1 play on ESPN SportsCenter’s Top 10 countdown with his over-the-wall catch in center field that robbed Matt Carson of a homer on July 20 at Columbus.
In addition, d’Arnaud’s 2014 stint with the Tribe featured accolades as the team’s Player of the Month after he batted .297 with 15 runs, six RBI and a 10-game hitting streak in 28 games during July.
“Chase has been very consistent in his practice, game preparation and especially his approach during the game,” Indians hitting coach Mike Pagliarulo said when d’Arnaud was presented with his July Player of the Month award. “He’s very disciplined in not manipulating or changing his swing.”
Overall from 2011-14, d’Arnaud hit .251 (322-for-1285) with 60 doubles, 23 triples, 16 homers, 198 runs scored, 118 RBI and 101 steals in 351 career games with the Indians. He is the all-time Victory Field Era (1996) leader in career stolen bases, and ranks among the top 10 of nearly every remaining career batting category, including:
Stolen Bases: 1st (101)
At-bats: 2nd (1285)
Runs: 2nd (198)
Triples: 2nd (23)
Games: 3rd (351)
Doubles: 5th (60)
Hits: 6th (322)
Total Bases: 7th (476)
RBI: 9th (118)
Walks: 9th (107)